Thursday, March 29, 2012

Cosmo Mag-Tool of the Oppressor or Bringing out our Sexy Sides?


Check out this article analyzing a Cosmo Mag from 1991 and one from 2012. The article's author, Peter Lappin, is a "home sewing fanatic" and author of the blog Male Pattern Boldness. Peter's point is that the Cosmo 2012 describes women's fashion in much more sexual language than the Cosmo or 1991 which focuses more on words about love. His article does a really great job of questioning whether the emphasis on sexiness is empowering or demeaning to women. As someone who loves sex enough to study it and talk about it on multiple podcasts (thanks to Sally McGraw, one of my co-hosts on the Strong, Sexy & Stylish Podcast, for letting me know about this article!) you all know I am a sex positive person. But that doesn't mean I don't question Cosmo magazine and the importance our society places on women looking sexy. Who is all the sexiness for? Is it to improve the confidence and self-esteem of the readers or make them feel like they need to have to have 50 New Sex Tricks up their sleeves to be an attractive and desirable person?

Read the article and tell us what you all think! Women, do you feel pressured to be sexy in ways that don't feel empowering to you? Straight or bi guys, do you like Cosmo's sex advice? Would you want a girlfriend to read it and use it on you? Any lesbians/bi-girls want to give their opinions on what makes a sexy lady?

P.S. I can't wait to check out more of Male Pattern Boldness! Sewing and sex politics all in one blog? I'm there!

Monday, March 26, 2012

SiF #325 - Science Corner with Maggie: Finger Length

Do you have lady or dude hand? Maggie Koerth-Baker, science writer for boingboing.net, joins the Sex is Fun! crew for another Science Corner! Can your hand tell you about your gender expression or sexual orientation? Find out if your fingers determine if you'll be a ballet dancer or a PE teacher.

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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Meet the Naked Anthropologist


Have you heard about Laura Agustin? She addresses sex worker issues, often posting historical documents to support her position that "rescuing" or "rehabilitating" sex workers doesn't work since sex workers often choose their work, enjoy or value it and don't want to be rescued. She also asserts that "human trafficking" as the media portrays it basically doesn't exist. Her perspective comes across on her blog as interesting, always well researched and one we don't often hear in the media frenzy to make a dramatic story. Whether you agree with her standpoint or think she is way off base you should check out her writing.

Monday, March 19, 2012

SiF #324 - NRE

The gang discusses New Relationship Energy on tonight's episode of Sex is Fun. Rick is a fuddy-duddy and pisses in your NRE cereal. Coochie flexes her bio-chem muscles in a brazen display of erotic intelligence. Laura scolds reckless friends who choose NRE over her. Coochie offers up some wonderful resources to learn how to tame your NRE and enhance it in your relationships.

Resources mentioned in today's show:
The Ethical Slut by Dossie Easton and Catherine A. Liszt

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Thursday, March 15, 2012

The Beautiful Cervix Project

Hey Sex is Fun Listeners, you need to see the Beautiful Cervix Project! This is a series of photos of one woman's cervix through a monthly cycle.

This 25 year old woman has never given birth and has no history of STIs. Each photo was taken at approximately 10:00 pm every day starting the first day of her menstrual cycle. For the duration of this project, she used condoms as her birth control method so as not to introduce semenal fluid into the photoshoot. She did not use tampons or mooncups during her menstruation either.

If you've never see a cervix before, now's the time! Be warned, these are real internal body pictures and some do include blood as they illustrate her menstrual cycle.

Monday, March 12, 2012

SiF #323 - Teen Sex Offenders

Jo Langford, M. A. joins the cast of Sex is Fun for a discussion into something controversial: teen sex offenders. Laura asks Jo to break stereotypes. Gay Rick wonders about recidivism rates. Coochie is grateful that Jo does the work that he does. However difficult, the group talks about prevention as well as the silver lining.

Learn more about Jo's and book, The Sex EDcyclopedia: A Comprehensive Guide to Healthy Sexuality For the Modern Male Teen, at beheroes.net.

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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Post Baby Sex and The Sexy Mamas

Hey SiF Listeners,

Welcome to the first of what will be weekly posts from me, Laura Rad. Check here every Thursday for a post about what is on my mind at that moment (sex), amazing links I want to share (about sex) or (sexual) mysteries to ponder.

Today I am putting the final touches on my new class, Sexual Reconnect: Yes you can have a post-baby sex life! As I construct the class, one thing keeps coming up over and over; the importance of affectionate, supportive touch. Sometimes in life we are to exhausted, emotional or overwhelmed to rally for sex. In these moments holding hands with your partner, rubbing their back for 5 minutes or giving a hug can make the difference between feeling supported and feeling disconnected. Take some time to hold the hand of someone you love today. Awww. So sweet.

When you get your hand back you need to use it to go check out The Sexy Mamas! This is a sex positive blog for moms and thank goodness it exists. As a sex positive mama myself I have an incredibly hard time finding resources dealing with parenthood in a way that resonates with me. The Sexy Mamas have a great balance between topics on parenthood, topics on sex and topics that interest the thinker in all of us. Check them out!

See you next Thursday.

Monday, March 5, 2012

SiF #322 - 5 Questions: Derek

Derek, Mr. Minneapolis Eagle 2012, answers the Sex is Fun 5 Questions. Laura talks about the sexuality, or lack thereof, of fabric. Coochie finds the guest easy on the eyes while Gay Rick flirts shamelessly. The gang learns about flagging and offers some resources for the homework!


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